THANK YOU

It was only 8 months ago when I decided that I wanted to capture and share some of my experiences as a post college student. I went from being a college student to an adult real quick. However, knowing that I’m not the only one on this journey encourages me everyday. So I would to thank all of you who continuously support me.

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To those who send encouraging emails and share ideas, your feedback means the world to me. It is humbling and deeply  gratifying to know  that  I’ve been able to help  others as they tackle their Freshman Year of Life. Thank You!

Regards

Nathalie Cazeau

Are You an Employedpreneur?

Employedpreneur [em-ploid – pruh-nœr] : An ambitious professional who undertakes launching or running a business while working a full-time job.

This past weekend I caught up with a friend of mine. As we conversed, I asked her about work, expecting to hear the usual…“it’s going well.” Instead she told me, how she’s been putting additional hours towards building her own business. Yes you read right, after clocking 9- 5 making somebody else’s dream come true, she’s putting the extra effort to pursue hers.

Recently, I’ve noticed the same pattern amongst my peers when I browse my social media newsfeeds; from personal trainers, hair stylists, make up artist, photographers, public relations consultants, millennials are actively pursuing their passion while also being employed. With an unstable economy, millennials are tapping into finding their passion and making it their “Side Hustles”.   For some a 9-5 is  being used as a fundraising mechanism to pursue their passion. With that being said here are a few tips for being  an Employdtrepeneur.

Be Organized

Whatever it takes, post it notes, journals, reminders on your phone, get yourself organized.

Do Research

Find out as much as you can about the industry you’re planning to get into. Once you have a great amount of information, draw out the big picture and tackle each task individually.

Keep It To Yourself

People talk, and most of the time they have nothing beneficial to say. Unless you have a group of people you trust or are experts in the field you’re planning to delve into, the world doesn’t need to know.

“Work Hard in silence and let success make the noise.”

Don’t Procrastinate

It will be challenging but don’t give up. I don’t know about you but if I decide to put off task that I’m supposed to do today for tomorrow, my subconscious is constantly reminding me about it.

Don’t give up

Remind yourself of the reasons that got you started in the first place. As one of my mentors mentioned, it will be downright unbearable, you will get upset and even cry, but the results will all be worth it.

Pray about it

Consistency, Determination and Hard work with a sprinkle of prayer leads to positive results.

Let me know how you are managing being an Employtrepreneur.

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Post College Cheat Sheet

Now what

 

The night of graduation, Kanye’s “Good Morning” played over and over in my head:

Good morning, look at the valedictorian, Scared of the future while I hop in the DeLorean. Scared to face the world, complacent career student.Some people graduate, but we still stupid.”

Graduation, for me, was a bittersweet moment. I realized that stepping into the “real world” meant an alteration in my social life; no more late night hangouts, no more stints at the Bender Library, and a limited interaction with the friends I’d made here. Moreover, it meant that I had to prepare myself to embark on a professional and personal journey. Was I ready to “face the world,” as Kanye put it? Probably not, but I was willing to give it a try.

So, before the class of  2014 embarks on this post-college  journey, remember firstly that everything will be alright, remind yourself that everyday. Take a look at the “Post-College Cheat Sheet” that I’ve come up with (below).I can’t guarantee you that this cheat will be a quick road to success, but it will certainly help along the way.

Life is not meant to be easy, and  if it is you’re probably not challenging yourself.

Write yourself a letter.  ”Seeing your goal written in ink, on paper will have a powerful effect on your mind” – Unknown

Jotting down your goals or expectations of yourself can  be the road map to your successful journey. Whether you decide to write a self-reflection or just a simple letter emphasizing where you envision yourself  in the next week/month or year can be beneficial to your growth.

Value your time. This means that you should be wary of engaging in activities and with people who do not benefit your personal and professional growth. Time well spent with great company  is never wasted. So, yes; be picky with your time and in choosing your friends or new acquaintances.

Learn to forgive! It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth doing. Learning how to forgive someone is the biggest gift you can give yourself. There is simply no value in holding grudges.

Network Upward, Downward and Sideways. Networking should be done across the board. You really don’t know where your next opportunity will come from. So  keep in mind the following:

– Connect with your peers and attend FREE networking workshops/panels within your industry.

– Keep in contact

–  Study your elevator speech like your life depends on it

– Let your passion speak for itself

– Create a LinkedIn account and familiarize yourself with the tool

Learn to embrace rejection. We often regard rejection as a sign of failure when in actuality it’s the universe way of telling you that ” you’re not ready”  or ” this is not the time.”   So don’t take it personal.

Save/Manage your money. If you haven’t been doing so, NOW is the time to start.There’s nothing more satisfying than knowing that you have some funds with which to support yourself or simply to fall back on.  Teach yourself how to save, schedule an appointment with a financial advisor. More information on financial planning coming soon.

Do things that make you happy!  I love music, museums, concerts and people! I am at my best when I’m surrounded by people who love and understand me.Find what makes You happy.

Stop comparing yourself to others.  Comparison is the thief of joy, just that simple. Focus on what you’re doing, what you have and trust me, you’ll be content.

Be Thankful! You might have a bad day, or the interview you went to didn’t go so well, but guess what you’re still alive and your family and friends still love and support you. Just remember to always keep your eyes on the prize.